WILKES-BARRE ‚?? A Plymouth man who pleaded guilty to having inappropriate contact with two children was sentenced Friday to 10 to 20 years in state prison.
Richard Allen Park, 25, of Turner Street, was sentenced by Judge Fred Pierantoni on one count each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and unlawful contact with a minor in a case in which he inappropriately touched a 7-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy.
‚??You took advantage ‚?Ľ of these children and you will now pay for these despicable crimes,‚?Ě Pierantoni told Park after sentencing him to the prison term as well as 10 years of special probation.
Assistant District Attorney Jenny Roberts said the mother of the children was agreeable to Park‚??s March guilty plea, as well as an agreed upon sentence of 10 to 20 years.
Park must register his address under Megan‚??s Law for his entire life, and was deemed a sexually violent predator by Pierantoni after a Megan‚??s Law hearing before his sentencing.
According to court papers, in April 2008, a woman contacted police and alleged Park had indecent contact with her two children.
A county detective interviewed the children in July 2010. The boy said that when he was around 4 years old in 2007, Park performed oral sex on him. The girl said that same year, when she was about 7 years old, Park touched her inappropriately on two different occasions.
Investigators interviewed Park in October 2010, when he admitted he touched the two children, but not with malice.
"I never wanted to hurt them," Park allegedly told investigators. "I want to get better."
Park‚??s attorney, William Watt, said his client suffers from significant mental health issues, and needs treatment.
Watt said Park has accepted responsibility for his actions and is prepared to suffer the consequences. Park is to have no contact with the victims or unsupervised contact with any minors, and is to stay away from places they frequent. Pierantoni said Park must complete a sexual offender‚??s treatment program and 30 hours of community service.
Park was given 688 days credit for time already served in prison.
Park is awaiting sentencing in Lackawanna County Court after pleading no contest in April to two counts of retaliation against prosecutors or judicial officials in a case in which police say he threatened to kill Luzerne County Deputy District Attorney Alexis Falvello in December 2011.
Park was lodged at the Lackawanna County Prison on the sexual assault charges and allegedly conspired with another inmate to place a hit on Falvello and a county judge.
Court records indicate Park will be sentenced in that case on Aug. 29. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on each of the charges.
Sheena Delazio, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 829-7235.